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Training Programs

The Department of Health Services (DHS) invests in the future of our nurses through staff development and professional training programs. DHS believes that staff development is vital to the ongoing career advancement of our nurses and results in higher level of professional competency, proficiency and expertise.

The professional training programs offered to our employees include but not limited to: new employee orientations (organizational, departmental and unit specific); in-services, competency assessments; and continuing education programs.

DHS offers training programs to prepare nurses to work in a variety of specialty nursing units. Each of these specialty programs have different prerequisites, eligibility requirements and will require prior approval by the immediate supervisors or managers.

These specialty training programs are as follows:

Advance Adult Critical Care Program

This program is designed to prepare the nurse currently working in an intensive care area to care for critically ill patients with multi-system problems. The nursing process is used as a framework for the integration and synthesis of critical care nursing, with the disciplines of pharmacology, pathophysiology, psychology and sociology. This program provides the nurse with core content upon which to base nursing care decisions in the clinical setting.

This program includes didactic and a two-week clinical component designed to provide the critical care nurse with advanced learning experiences in managing critically ill patient with multi-system problems. Included in this program is the following content:

  • Clinical Assessment/Evaluations
  • Case Presentations
  • Research Development Skills
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Clinical Coach Class

For more information on program prerequisites and requirements click on the link and access the Education & Consulting Service (EDCOS) Catalog.

Basic Critical Care Program

The Phase I: Expanded Program, Basic Adult Critical Care program is designed to provide learning experiences which will enable the RN to acquire the basic critical care skills and related knowledge necessary for safe care of the critically ill adult and pediatric patient. This program includes didactic, clinical and clinical follow-up components.

For more information on program prerequisites and requirements click on the link and access the Education & Consulting Service (EDCOS) Catalog.

Emergency Room

The program is designed to assist nurses to gain the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to function at a safe, effective level in the Department of Emergency Medicine. The program consists of both didactic and clinical components. A specialized nine-week program (divided into 2 parts) for nurses assigned to the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM). Part I is three weeks long and Part 2 is six weeks long. Each part has both didactic and clinical components.

For more information on program prerequisites and requirements click on the link and access the Education & Consulting Service (EDCOS) Catalog.

Chemotherapy Certification Program - Adult Didactic

This two-day program is designed for Registered Nurses who will be administering chemotherapy in a clinical setting. This program consists of a 14-hour didactic component on cell biology of cancer, the principles of chemotherapy administration, and nursing care of patients receiving chemotherapy. The 3-hour clinical component is optional and focuses on the safe and effective techniques of chemotherapy administration.

For more information on program prerequisites and requirements click on the link and access the Education & Consulting Service (EDCOS) Catalog.

Chemotherapy Re-certification Program - Adult Didactic

This program is an annual mandatory requirement for the Registered Nurse to maintain chemotherapy certification. This program includes new FDA-approved chemotherapy drugs, new research drugs presently being used at LAC/USC Medical Center and review/update of Medical Center Chemotherapy policy and procedures for extravasation management and safe handling and administration of antineoplastic and antiviral drugs.

For more information on program prerequisites and requirements click on the link and access the Education & Consulting Service (EDCOS) Catalog.

Operating Room

This is a nine (9) month Operating Room program. The program is designed to prepare a nurse in providing care for the patient undergoing surgery. The program has a theory-based component where the nurse will learn the application of the Nursing Process in conjunction with the Standards of Patient Care and Operating Room Techniques. The Clinical component will assist the nurse in adapting to providing patient care, primarily as a circulating nurse and scrub nurse as necessary and as appropriate.

For more information on program prerequisites and requirements click on the link and access the Education & Consulting Service (EDCOS) Catalog.

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Chemotherapy Renewal Program

This three (3) hour program is designed to provide nurses a review of the nursing care of children /adolescents with hematology/oncology condition receiving chemotherapy/biotherapy agents. A review of the special considerations will be presented. Upon completion of this didactic course, the nurse will be required to complete the clinical component. 

For more information on program prerequisites and requirements click on the link and access the Education & Consulting Service (EDCOS) Catalog.